Surge could push troops to the breaking point

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THE BUSH ADMIN'S proposal to send an additional 20,000 troops to join the 152,000 already in Iraq is is unlikely to bring significant improvement to the situation in Iraq, but it is certain to further damage the already beleaguered US ground forces. The surge will push America's all-volunteer force into uncharted territory, and it is not clear how well the troops or the military as an institution can withstand the strain.

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